Holiday Mom: Jamie

Holiday Mom: JamieDearest Holiday Child,

I can’t tell you how happy I am that you are here to spend the holidays with us. Every new season brings something I love, like the crisp smell of autumn or the fresh new buds on the trees in the spring, but our winter family gathering is my favorite. We have a very big family, and we make an effort to include as many people as possible every year. Our home and arms are open to you! Come inside. I’ll introduce you.

Let’s make you a plate of food. We have traditional German potato salad, hot beef and macaroni, deli meat, deviled eggs; what do you like? There’s cookies, cakes and pie for dessert. Later, when the young ones are asleep, we’ll spike our hot chocolate with Bailey’s and laugh around the fire pit. But there’s so much more before we get to that!

Speaking of the children, your Holiday brother is TJ. He’s five and rambunctious. He would love to show you his collection of Legos. Your Holiday sister is Auri, who is six (and a half) and is always looking for an enthusiastic audience for her latest song and dance routine. After we pass out gifts, we’ll all bundle up against the cold and pile into the cars for a little field trip. Just a few minutes away, there is an entire street of houses that decorates with thousands of lights and blow-ups for the holidays. Last year, they had a snow machine and popcorn. The kids have the best time, and, to be completely honest with you, so do I! Take a selfie with me in front of the “Griswold House”!

Are you ready for a song? We write and perform a holiday song every year. Everyone has a part—it’s your turn! Don’t be embarrassed; you’re family and we love you!

About that… It’s time for that cocoa. Come sit with us outside and tell us about your year. How have you been? Are you eating well? Are you making friends? I worry about you. I think about you all the time and want you to know that having you home this year brings me so much joy. You have overcome so much just to become the person you truly are inside, and for that, I cannot be more proud. You have shown that love is the true meaning of the holiday season, and all of life itself. Thank you for being here! Thank you for being you! I am so glad your Holiday siblings had the chance to get to know you and see what a strong, charismatic, beautiful person you are, body and soul.

It’s been a long day, but the good kind. The fire crackles, and we stoke it with more logs. Despite the heat, we can see our breath in the cool night air. Let’s turn in and get some sleep. There is a bed made up for you. We’re a full house tonight! Here, you will feel loved. Here, you will feel safe. In the morning, we’ll just chat and play games until people start heading back to their own houses. Stay as long as you like. Here, you are family.

We love you, Holiday Child! We are so glad you came to the party this season, and we wish you all the best in the upcoming New Year! Don’t be a stranger; nothing would make us happier than to hear from you!

All the love in my heart,

Your Holiday Mom

 

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9 comments

  1. Alexia says:

    Dear Holiday Mum,

    Though I have never met you face-to-face, your warm words and great descriptions made me feel as though I was already in your home and a part of your family.

    Your words are warm and kind, very reassuring and soothing. Many parents can learn from you.

    I have two siblings whom I haven’t seen in over a year thanks to my familial situation and my sister is the same age as Auri! My little brother is nine and he also loves LEGO! But alas, I’m not in their lives anymore.

    Thank you so much for writing this, it is extremely helpful. Especially since within the last year everything in my family has gone to dirt.

    • Rocky says:

      Dear Alexia,

      As I sit and sip my peppermint hot chocolate, I’ll make a cup for you in my heart (with extra whipped cream, of course). The lights on the tree emit a glow that always makes me feel so joyful and cozy. There are Lego pieces strewn about from my own little ones (11 and 9). They’d giggle and invite you to join their adventures. We can go watch the Nutcracker ballet together, and walk through the park that’s all decorated with lights. In our family we say “You’re special” and respond with “I know”.

      You’re special.

      Love,

      Rocky

    • Jamie says:

      Dear Alexia,

      I’m glad I was able to offer a little comfort during the holidays. One of the good things that happens as we get older is that we are able to choose who makes up our true family. My family is my blood, but there are also friends. Sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews, who have been with me through thick and thin. People who have shown me that love is a deeper bond than blood.

      I am with you, Alexia, this holiday season and every day throughout the year. I am here to comfort you in sorrow as well as share in your joys. I am here to listen and to offer you advice or just a warm hug. I’m big fan of hugs.

      Merry everything, my dear.

      Love,
      Mom

  2. Kacey says:

    Dear Holiday Mom,

    The house instantly puts me in a more Christmas-y spirit. And My holiday siblings are making me all the while happier. I hope Dylan would let me build something with him, while listening and watching Auris performance. I celebrate the holidays, but for the last few years I haven’t been in much of the mood, because of my depression, but I’ve been improving. I’ll gladly join in on the selfie taking, even though I’ll look bad.
    I’m eating, although I feel like I eat too much. I’m really stressed with school right now, there are a lot of things happening, and classes that are difficult to handle. I only have one friend, but that’s ok, she’s all I need! I’ve been happier lately, because of my girlfriend, she’s really nice and always lifts me up. I think her name is really pretty, it’s Senona.
    I’m glad your letting me stay, and I’m so so thankful.

    • Jamie says:

      Dear Kacey,

      I know all about feeling down. I’m glad you came for a visit– being with the people who love you is the best way to feel happy. Take it one day at a time and enjoy the little things, like your friend and Senona! They have both made a wise choice in choosing you!

      How is school? Are you enjoying it? I hope you can find a way to embrace this time in your life– I know it can be stressful but your education will be so worth it!

      I never think you look bad in pictures, but if it will make you feel better, we can take a silly-face photo! I find that I feel better in pictures if I look “bad” on purpose!

      Love,
      Mom Jamie

  3. Lauryn says:

    Dear mom,
    Thank you so much for having me this year. It sounds like a blast and I can’t wait to meet everyone! TJ sounds like a blast! Thank you so much for all you do, i can’t thank you enough! I love spending time with you! Have a great holiday!
    Lauryn

    • Jamie says:

      My dearest Lauryn,

      Everyone is so excited to see you and hear about your plans for the new year! I personally am looking forward most to your beautiful smile.I’ll give the kids your love until you can hug them yourself! Travel safe!

      We love you!
      Mom

  4. Tina says:

    Dear Mother,
    The children are adorable and I feel that they’ll be wonderful companions for the cold winter season. Legos and songs seem like a nice pair. Dylan and Auri could collaborate some time.
    I don’t really celebrate the holidays, unfortunately. It’s not like I don’t want to, but it’s more of because my lethargy has been getting worse. I only get like, what, 4-5 hours of sleep per day? I’m not so sure anymore. It is still pretty nice to go on a small field trip outside (since my neighborhood is next to empty with holiday decorations and they refuse to install street lamps). Also, I’m the least photogenic person on earth, so the selfie might come out horrible, sorry.
    I’m eating pretty well, thankfully enough. But I find myself stress eating every now and then. I guess it’s to curb my fidgeting. I kind of wish to stop stress eating.
    The friends I’ve made are good. I have no idea why they stay around me, though.
    I also got a girlfriend. We started dating in February, Valentine’s Day. I gave her a really cheesy letter and she just kind of agreed. She didn’t even like girls at first, and I was surprised that she didn’t reject me. Her name’s like, super old-sounding, because it’s “Margaret.” Everyone calls her Meg, though, and I call her that, too (except for the few times I called her Meggy-poo just to make her laugh).
    Thanks for having me, mom. I’m really thankful you allowed me to stay. I hope Dylan and Auri would once again have a nice holiday along with you.

    • Jamie says:

      Dear Tina,

      Chin up, my lovely child. You know I worry about you. The children love it when you come to visit. Meg sounds like a wonderful girl; she must be to deserve you! I’d love to have you both over for dinner and games in the New Year.

      I often feel overwhelmed with the holiday season as well, but I find that I only need a few sparkly decorations and some feel-good movies to perk me up. Let’s watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” while we string these lights around the living room. It’s my favorite. You pick the next one. What would you like?

      Don’t forget that selfie with me! I would love nothing more than to capture your beautiful
      smile!

      Love,
      Mom Jamie

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